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Wal-Mart is denying a report in the Wall Street Journal that the company had pressured its managers and supervisors to vote against Democratic candidates this November due to concerns over attempts to make it easier for their workers to unionize.

The report stated: "In recent weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and department heads have been summoned to mandatory meetings at which the retailer stresses the downside for workers if stores were to be unionized." The company is concerned that Democrats in Congress and the White House would likely change laws to make it easier to unionize companies like Wal-Mart. There is already legislation aimed at doing so.

A Wal-Mart spokesman told the AP that the company did not discuss the bill with employees. "We believe the Employee Free Choice Act is a bad bill and we have been on the record as opposed to it," said spokesman Dave Tovar. But he said the company was not pressing employees to vote against politicians who support the measure. "If anyone representing Wal-Mart gave the impression... they are wrong and acting without approval."